Matt Eisenberg

Matt Eisenberg is an editor both for SNY and espnW. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2014.

New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, DJ LeMahieu may be considered the Yankees' MVP given his clutch hitting and the fact he leads the American League in hitting.

But third baseman Gio Urshela has been such a revelation that he, too, has garnered high praise.

"We wouldn't be in first place without him," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner, after the 27-year-old drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Eisenberg
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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award twice this year.

Turns out, the odds are in his favor that he'll add more hardware after the season.

The Home Run Derby champion is currently the favorite at -180 odds to be named National League Rookie of the Year, according to Odds Shark.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio turned 18 years old in April, and already he is one of the top 50 prospects in baseball.

Baseball Prospectus ranked the Mets shortstop as the No. 45 prospect in the minors in its midseason top-50 list, touting his potential at the plate.

"Mauricio has been holding his own in the [South Atlantic League], and he's got a shot for a plus hit, plus power offensive profile at shortstop," Baseball Prospectus wrote.

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia is climbing the minor league ranks and the minor league rankings.

A day after the franchise announced his promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Garcia landed on Baseball Prospectus' midseason top 50 prospect list, coming in at No. 25.

The 20-year-old Garcia, who started the MLB Futures Game on Sunday and recorded a strikeout, is 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 minor-league starts this year with 114 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia continued his dominance in the MLB Futures Game and was rewarded with a promotion.

Garcia, New York's fourth-ranked prospect, had a strikeout and reached 96.9 mph with his fastball, according to MILB.com's Sam Dykstra, in a 1-2-3 first inning for the American League.

"Wow," Garcia said, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. "There's so much energy out there. I had a lot of adrenaline. That was so was exciting."

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees have scored 32 runs in their previous three games combined, including their two victories over the Red Sox in London.

Their affiliate in the Dominican Summer League topped that in one day.

The DSL Yankees routed the DSL Twins 38-2 on Wednesday. That is not a typo.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres reacts at home plate after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres reacts at home plate after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has a big problem with the fact Gleyber Torres isn't an All-Star.

The Yankees infielder, who ranks eighth in the American League in OPS and leads all AL second basemen in homers (19), wasn't selected to the AL All-Star roster on Sunday and wasn't among three roster replacements the league announced on Wednesday.

Before Wednesday's game against the Mets, Boone told reporters, "It's a joke he's not on that team. Gleyber Torres not an All-Star? You can kick rocks on that one. ... Doesn't seem right to me he's not on that team."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (54-29, 5.5 GA in AL East) face the Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6 GB in NL wild card) in the final Subway Series game of 2019 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Yankees notes

In eight games since being activated off the injured list with an oblique strain, Aaron Judge is hitting .296/.441/.519 with two home runs and six RBIs. ... Gleyber Torres is 9-for-20 with one home run and three RBIs during his six-game hitting streak. ... Tuesday's game was the first time in 31 games that the Yankees did not hit a home run. That streak broke the 2002 Texas Rangers' previous record of 27 games.

Tags: Domingo German, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6 GB in NL wild card) take on the Yankees (54-29, 5.5 GA in AL East) in the final Subway Series game of 2019 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Since his first-inning home run in Game 2 of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader on June 11, Pete Alonso is slashing .347/.484/.736 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs. ... Michael Conforto has struggled in his Subway Series career, as he has a .194/.267/.373 batting line with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 20 games against the Yankees. ... Dominnic Smith has a .337/.406/.651 batting line with seven home runs and nine RBIs in 23 starts. In 50 games off the bench, he is hitting .297/.435/.432 with one home run and five RBIs. 

Tags: Domingo German, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Knicks president Steve Mills speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Amid losing their pursuits of top free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Knicks president Steve Mills released a statement empathizing with "disappointed" fans, saying the team is optimistic the franchise is still headed in the right direction for its first NBA championship since 1973.

"While we understand that some Knicks fans could be disappointed with tonight's news, we continue to be upbeat and confident in our plans to rebuild the Knicks to compete for championships in the future, through both the draft and targeted free agents," Mills said.

The Knicks, who cleared enough salary cap space to land two free agents to max contracts with their January trade of Kristaps Porzingis, struck out when it came to Durant and Irving, two franchise-changing players who both agreed to four-year max contracts with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Apr 3, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis practices before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Apr 3, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis practices before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Kristaps Porzingis is receiving his max deal.

The former Knicks forward who was traded to Dallas Mavericks in the winter agreed to re-sign a five-year, $158 million max contract, the New York Times' Marc Stein reports.

Though he hasn't played in a game since Feb. 6, 2018, due to a torn ACL, Porzingis' contract is fully guaranteed and does not contain any protection for injuries, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

Three Yankees pitching prospects, including No. 4 prospect Deivi Garcia, threw a combined no-hitter for Double-A Trenton on Monday.

Garcia struck out nine batters and walked two in five innings, while Domingo Acevedo and Daniel Alvarez both threw two hitless innings as the Thunder beat the Reading Fightin Phils 7-0, the fourth nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history.

The 20-year-old Garcia maintained his dominance since his promotion to the Double-A level, retiring 11 straight batters after a leadoff HBP. 

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks reacts with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks reacts with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees made home run history on Monday night.

With Aaron Hicks' three-run home run in the third inning, the Yankees homered for the 27th straight game, tying the 2002 Texas Rangers for the longest streak in MLB history.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu ranks in the top 10 in the American League in batting average (.311). He is tied with Gary Sanchez for the team lead with a 2.0 WAR.

And he has been among the most clutch players in baseball.

Thrust into a starting role upon injuries to Didi GregoriusMiguel Andujar and Troy Tulowitzki, LeMahieu has taken full advantage by becoming one of the most reliable Yankees in the lineup.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier dives for but cannot catch an RBI single by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier dives for but cannot catch an RBI single by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite not making himself available to reporters after misplaying three balls in right field in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox, Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier owned up to his mistakes and said he is continuing to work on his defensive skills.

"It's tough to cost the team runs and a potential win, especially when playing at home against Boston," Frazier told ESPN's Coley Harvey.

Frazier committed one fielding error and misjudged two more balls, each leading to run-scoring plays, in right field on Sunday. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talk before the game at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talk before the game at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are suspicious that the Dodgers have been stealing signs, and they are not the first team to express this concern.

Both manager Mickey Callaway and bench coach Jim Riggleman said they think the Dodgers, who have beaten the Mets in two of the past three games, know what pitches are coming.

"I think they have a system that helps them get some signs and stuff,'' Riggleman told the New York Post's Kevin Kernan. "I don't think it's anything illegal, but I think they just do a good job of picking up things. If you do anything in your delivery that's different, if your sequences are repetitive. We talked about it. Because they are taking some hefty cuts. They are not getting cheated. We made some pretty good pitches that they got. We'll do better.''

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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez warms up before an NFL football game between the Jets and the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) (Wade Payne/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez warms up before an NFL football game between the Jets and the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) (Wade Payne/AP)

Mark Sanchez has a bold prediction for the Jets: They will play well enough to earn a first-round bye.

Sanchez made his game-by-game picks for the Jets on "NFL Total Access." Not only does he think they start out 2-0, but he thinks they go on a seven-game winning streak with a road win against the Eagles, followed by home victories over the Cowboys and Patriots.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Warriors star Kevin Durant will have his choice of where he wants to play and live next season when he becomes a free agent this summer.

So is it a sign that he is selling his California home?

Durant is listing his Malibu home for $13.495 million, according to the Los Angeles Times' Neal J. Leitereg, a property he bought for $12.05 million last year.

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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score

Eight takeaways from Monday's game

1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. 

2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez rank 1-2 for the MLB lead with total barrels hit.

But how important of a metric is that?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez rank 1-2 for the MLB lead with total barrels hit.

But how important of a metric is that?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday's lineup so he could undergo X-rays on his elbow after he was hit by a pitch in Wednesday's game, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Luckily, it looks like Bird will be just fine. 

According to Newsday's David Lennon, manager Aaron Boone said the X-rays and CT scan that Bird received in Tampa came back negative. The Yankees, then, will have Bird rest to allow the swelling to subside. 

Manager Aaron Boone said he thought Bird could have played today, but sent him back for precautionary measures, adding he was worried that Bird playing through soreness could affect his mechanics, according to Adler. Yankees GM Brian Cashman expects Bird to be day-to-day, telling Adler the X-rays are "routine."

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Giants GM Dave Gettleman have a bitter history dating back to their days in Carolina.

After New York let Landon Collins walk and agree to a six-year, $84 million deal with the Redskins on Monday, Norman threw shade at Gettleman, who infamously rescinded the franchise tag on him prior to the 2016 season, by expressing his delight in seeing a top defender join one of Gettleman's NFC East rivals.

Tags: Landon Collins, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier hits a sacrifice fly scoring infielder Miguel Andujar during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier hits a sacrifice fly scoring infielder Miguel Andujar during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)

As Clint Frazier competes for a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, manager Aaron Boone said he believes the one thing Frazier needs is consistent playing time.

"He needs to play every day,'' Boone said Thursday, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "That doesn't necessarily mean they don't come here. We expect him to impact our club this year."

Though Frazier, who is 3-for-18 with one RBI through eight Grapefruit League games this spring, said he is healthy from his concussion recovery, a spot on New York's 25-man roster in three weeks is not guaranteed.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is slashing .389/.500/.722 with one home run and three RBIs through eight spring training games.

Teammate Luke Voit is hitting .286/.412/.714 with two home runs and five RBIs, and has noticeably improved his defense, through eight Grapefruit League games as well.

Yet manager Aaron Boone isn't ready to declare a favorite in the Yankees' first base competition, for which there is likely only one spot on the 25-man roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.

With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.

"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins said "it'd be a dream come true" if the Giants drafted him next month.

The odds of that happening are favorable, according to one sportsbook.

The Giants are considered favorites to draft Haskins in the NFL Draft in April, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. New York's odds are at +220, while the teams with the next-best odds are the Jaguars (+550), Redskins (+600) and Dolphins (+600).

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Matt Eisenberg
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Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Carlos Gomez is finally with the Mets again.

Four years after his trade deadline deal infamously fell through, Gomez signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Friday, SNY.tv's Andy Martino confirmed. The deal is pending a physical.

Gomez, 33, slashed .208/.298/.336 with nine home runs, 32 RBIs and 12 stolen bases with the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

Tags: Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone called center fielder Aaron Hicks "the most underrated player in the game" over the weekend.

Now he and the Yankees hope he can be one of the franchise's cornerstone players into the next decade.

"This is where I want to be," Hicks said on WFAN to Mike Francesa on Monday afternoon, hours after he signed a seven-year, $70 million contract extension that will keep him in pinstripes until at least 2025.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Eisenberg
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Film director Spike Lee during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Film director Spike Lee during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks snapped their 18-game home losing streak and now "trail" the Phoenix Suns by 1.5 games for the worst record in the NBA with a 130-118 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

And renowned Knicks fan Spike Lee seemed thrilled.

Lee found out about the Knicks' victory during the Oscars when Samuel L. Jackson announced it on stage.

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Luke Voit burst onto the scene last August and September to earn the Yankees' starting first baseman job.

He's on a mission to prove he won't be a one-time wonder.

"I think everyone thinks last year was a fluke probably," Voit said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III, after hitting a three-run homer in his spring training debut Sunday against the Rays. "But like I said, I am not going to let anyone else control what they think about me. Get the job done and be the first baseman for the Yankees."

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner gets ready for batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner gets ready for batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankees player, debuted in 2008 and won a World Series in 2009. 

Though he and the Yankees haven't won a World Series since, he's optimistic in their chances in 2019.

"I think we're better this year than we were (in 2018)," Gardner told reporters on Thursday morning. "Obviously the season hasn't started. But at this point, I think we've got a better group of guys in place than we've had -- maybe than I've ever seen."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

James Paxton threw a career-high 160 1/3 innings with the Mariners last season, 24 1/3 innings more than his previous high the year before.

Now that he's with the Yankees, Paxton has a loftier goal.

"My goal is to get to the 200-inning range," Paxton said, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. "I understand the bullpening and leverage, but I wonder if those relievers who are being pushed to constant two- and three-inning stints will run out of gas. I think it is still up to starters to provide innings."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Matt Eisenberg
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Adam Ottavino went to high school in Brooklyn but went to college in Boston. Now that he's one of the newest Yankees relievers, he's proud to be directly involved in one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

Upon signing a three-year, $27 million deal with New York this offseason, the newest Yankees reliever is glad to be part of the team he rooted for as a kid.

"It's cool, it's a thrill," Ottavino said. "It's a team I grew up watching and rooting for and it's just a great opportunity for me."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki on a one-year minimum deal this offseason once the Toronto Blue Jays released him, and manager Aaron Boone believes the 34-year-old shortstop can recover from double heel surgery to make a significant impact with New York.

"We feel like he's in a good place and over some of the injuries that really plagued him over the last year and a half, two years,'' Boone said during Wednesday's press conference. "We'll try to be vigilant as far as how his schedule goes and obviously communicating with him. We'll develop a plan that kind of evolves a little bit."

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Matt Eisenberg
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Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar reacts after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch after suffering a brain hemorrhage prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar reacts after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch after suffering a brain hemorrhage prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Veteran relief pitcher Danny Farquhar vowed to return to the baseball diamond from a life-threatening brain hemorrhage and ruptured aneurysm he suffered last year.

And there's a four-game window in June he's eyeing.

Farquhar, who hasn't pitched since last April when he suffered a season-ending brain hemorrhage, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees earlier this month with an invite to spring training.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees former pitchers Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera put on jerseys at a press conference after being elected into the Hall of Fame. (Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Yankees former pitchers Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera put on jerseys at a press conference after being elected into the Hall of Fame. (Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK)

Mike Mussina still can't get used to the fact he can call himself a Hall of Famer.

On his sixth year on the ballot, Mussina received 76.7 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America's vote, and will join Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez and the late Roy Halladay in Cooperstown.

But Mussina has a question to answer: Which cap will he don?

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Tony Romo (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Tony Romo (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo knew exactly what calls the Patriots were calling before they happened in Sunday's AFC championship game.

Maybe his psychic abilities will translate to baseball free agency.

Bryce Harper, one of the biggest free agents still available in the open market, thinks Romo knows where he'll play on Opening Day.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo sees some similarities between Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

Considering what Manning was able to accomplish with Adam Gase, the newest Jets head coach, that bodes well for Darnold.

Romo praised the Jets for hiring Gase and believes Darnold can take his game to the next level with Gase.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Matt Eisenberg
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Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury call a play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jack Trice Stadium. (Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)
Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury call a play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jack Trice Stadium. (Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets safety Jamal Adams intimated he thinks USC offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is the best candidate to coach the Jets next season, he explained why:

Because he can help develop Sam Darnold.

"He's an offensive-minded coach," Adams said on WFAN's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "He's going to bring swagger. He's going to develop Sam into a great quarterback. Look at his track record."

Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

The Mets don't know exactly when outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will return from double heel surgery, and Omar Minaya, special assistant to the GM, echoed that sentiment.

"Right now, there's not a specific timetable to date," Minaya said on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. "But he had those two operations. Usually we don't like getting into specific timetables. We just want to get him back, and if he comes back, anything -- if he gives us anything this year, that is gravy. We're happy for that."

New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last month he views Cespedes, who underwent surgery to remove bone calcification from his right heel on Aug. 2 and his left heel on Oct. 26, as "the ultimate trade deadline piece," suggesting the 33-year-old slugger could return at some point in the second half.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Eisenberg
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Rodgers ranks outside the top five in passing yards. His 23 passing touchdowns and 97.2 passer rating have him outside the top 10.

And yet, the Jets defense knows what the legendary Packers quarterback is capable of.

"Man, I guarantee that No. 12, 'A-Rod,' whatever you want to call him, he will be there,'' Jets safety Jamal Adams said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, ahead of Sunday's matchup against Green Bay. "He will be at MetLife. He's coming to play. Man, that guy, he can sit back in the pocket with no legs and have one shoulder and throw the ball. He's amazing.''

Tags: Brandon Copeland, Green Bay Packers, Jamal Adams, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout after he hits catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout after he hits catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia will receive his $500,000 bonus after all.

The 38-year-old Sabathia was ejected two innings shy of hitting the 155-inning mark for the 2018 season, which would have triggered a $500,000 incentive in his contract.

In his last regular-season start, Sabathia had thrown just 55 pitches through five scoreless innings. But after hitting Jake Bauers with a pitch in the fifth inning, the Tampa Bay Rays' Andrew Kittredge threw a fastball behind Yankees catcher Austin Romine's head in the sixth inning. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Tampa Bay Rays, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves starting pitcher Luis Severino in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves starting pitcher Luis Severino in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees were reportedly "absolutely convinced" RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in 2018, most notably in Game 3 of the ALDS.

There seems to be some video that backs up that claim.

Severino's arm slot did not changed based on the pitches he threw, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, however when he got into the set position, his hands rested higher up on his belt for fastballs than it did on his off-speed pitches, according to YES Network.

Tags: Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
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Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz tips his cap to the crowd following a video presentation recognizing his new single-season team saves record of 50 during the middle of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz tips his cap to the crowd following a video presentation recognizing his new single-season team saves record of 50 during the middle of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, Robinson Cano is the more high-profile name in the blockbuster Mets-Mariners trade. But Edwin Diaz, the 24-year-old All-Star closer, is the real star the Mets received.

Diaz led the league with 57 saves last season and recorded 124 strikeouts, a 1.96 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 73.1 innings with Seattle.

And last year wasn't a fluke. He has a career 2.64 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 109 saves in three seasons while striking out 14.2 batters per nine innings since debuting in 2016.

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New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke reacts after making a basket near the end of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke reacts after making a basket near the end of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Trey Burke scored a game-high 29 points off the bench, none bigger than his dagger 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to seal Wednesday's 117-109 win over the Boston Celtics.

"He carried us home," head coach David Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

New York, which led by as many as 26 points in the first half, saw its lead cut to 112-109 late in the fourth quarter after a Jaylen Brown free throw.

But on the Knicks' following possession and the shot clock running down, Burke hit a straightaway 3-pointer over Jayson Tatum that made it a two-possession game and silenced the TD Garden crowd.

Tags: Boston Celtics, Trey Burke, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Enes Kanter is one of the biggest trolls in the NBA. From last year's incidents with LeBron James to posting a doctored image of commissioner Adam Silver in a Warriors uniform, he hasn't shied away from taking on anyone.

In Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he had a taste of his own medicine.

Former teammate Steven Adams trolled Kanter by telling Knicks head coach David Fizdale during a stoppage, "Sub him out, he can't play defense."

"It's the only time I get to bloody see him, to be honest, mate," Adams said after the Thunder beat New York on Thursday, according to The Oklahoman's Maddie Lee.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, Matt Eisenberg
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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his RBI single during the thirteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his RBI single during the thirteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

A Yankee player could be named American League Rookie of the Year for the second straight season ... if they can beat out Shohei Ohtani.

Third baseman Miguel Andujar and second baseman Gleyber Torres were both named finalists for the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday.

To say each of them had a successful rookie campaign would be an understatement.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley on the sidelines during second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley on the sidelines during second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

After the 49ers beat the Raiders on Thursday night, the Giants are now in line for the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

At 1-7, the Giants are tied with the Raiders for the worst record in the NFL, however because they have a greater strength of schedule through eight games with Oakland, they don't hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 pick.

Entering Thursday, the 49ers were 1-7 and the Raiders were 1-6, but Nick Mullens, who entered the 2018 season as San Francisco's third-string quarterback, led the 49ers by throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns in his NFL debut.

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield was ranked the top prospect in the organization while outfielder Estevan Florial was ranked second, according to Baseball America.

Baseball America ranked RHP Jonathan Loaisiga third, outfielder Everson Pereira fourth and catcher Anthony Seigler fifth.

Outfielder Antonio Cabello (eighth) and RHPs Mike King (sixth), Deivi Garcia (seventh), Roansy Contreras (eighth) and Albert Abreu (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Tags: Albert Abreu, Justus Sheffield, Matt Eisenberg
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